AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, becoming cloudy, showers late. High 72. Wind southwest 7-14 mph. Tonight, cloudy, showers. Low 56. Tuesday, clouds early, afternoon sunshine. High 68. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, increasingly cloudy, showers developing. High 68-72. Wind southwest 7-14 mph. Tonight, cloudy, showers. Low 52-56. Tuesday, clouds early, afternoon sunshine. High 64-68. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, increasingly cloudy, showers developing. High 72-76. Wind southwest 7-14 mph. Tonight, cloudy, showers. Low 56-60. Tuesday, clouds early, afternoon sunshine. High 68-72. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, cloudy, showers. High 66-70. Wind west at 8-16 mph. Tonight, cloudy, showers. Low 42-46. Tuesday, clouds early, afternoon sunshine. High 60-64. Wind north 8-16 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, increasingly cloudy, warm. High 72-76. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Tuesday, cloudy, showers early. High 64-68. Wind west to northwest 10-20 mph. Surf 71-74.

Virginia: Today, partly to mostly sunny, warm. High 74-80. Wind south to southeast 7-14 mph. Tuesday, mostly cloudy, rain. High 78-82. Wind southwest 7-14 mph. Surf 74-77.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, cloudy, showers. Wind south to southwest 6-12 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, increasingly cloudy. Wind south to southwest 8-16 knots. Waters a light chop on the lower Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.8 feet this morning. The level is predicted to fall to near 3.8 feet Tuesday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun 7:06 a.m. 6:47 p.m.

Moon 1:55 a.m. 4:22 p.m.

Mercury 8:41 a.m. 7:27 p.m.

Venus 3:39 a.m. 4:46 p.m.

Mars 1:02 p.m. 10:13 p.m.

Jupiter 7:43 p.m. 9:00 a.m.

Saturn 8:25 p.m. 10:05 a.m.

Uranus 4:18 p.m. 2:25 a.m.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Forecasts for Washington area, 202-334-9000 code 9100.

Long range regional forecasts, 703-260-0405.

Chesapeake Bay boating forecast, 703-260-0505.

Recreational and traveler's forecast, 703-260-0706.

Smithsonian Institution star/planet information, 202-357-2000.

Air Quality Index, 202-962-3299

For hourly updates of major cities on the internet, http://www.weatherpost.com